Buy one already completely done or in the last month`s of a resto and you will save a ton.I have bought many like this and you can get them from .75 cents and some as low as .25 cents on the dollar.Even if the car is not exactly what you want you can sell off the trash and buy the good stuff with the funds.I love Ebay for this,normally ill pile a bunch of stuff by the trash can and what dosent sell on Ebay goes to the the landfill.
allcamaro is right on. Buy one done or almost done. Those little odds and ends can break you. Of course if you have the time, money, and skill you will have the satisfaction of a finished car you did yourself.